Cranford, NJ – Join the YWCA Union County for the First Annual Strides4Strength: A Walk to End Domestic Violence on Sunday, June 12th from 9am-2pm. Every step raises awareness and all event proceeds support the YWCA Union County’s Domestic Violence Programs.   The event is free for children under 12 & furry friends. Register today at Strides4Strength.EventBrite.com.

The YWCA Union County, now 96 years old, has been providing services to survivors of domestic violence since 1978. The YWCA is the only agency in Union County that provides an emergency domestic violence shelter, in addition to supportive and transitional housing, counseling, legal advocacy and representation, children’s services, 24 hour crisis intervention and more. All YWCA services are free and confidential.

Domestic violence is a crime that impacts people regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status, education, or religion; it is estimated to impact 1 in every 3 women nationally, and 1 in every 7 men. It impacts more women than breast cancer, lung cancer and ovarian cancer combined.

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Domestic violence breaks all barriers of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender and socioeconomic status. It is a crime that impacts our entire community. It is estimated that 1 in every 4 women will be affected by domestic violence in her life, which equals more than breast cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer combined.

Domestic violence is estimated to cost employers in the U.S. up to $8.3 billion each year. An average of 3 women per day in the United States are killed as a result of domestic violence.

 Register today at Strides4Strength.EventBrite.com. Interested in renting vendor space at the event? Please, contact us at tpackard@ywcaunioncounty.org for more information. If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the 24-Hour Hotline at 908-355-HELP (4357).